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Kenny Marrett's candidate questionnaire for the Lebanon City Council

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By The Staff

 Name: Kenny Marrett Age: 56   Educational background: 1970 graduate of Lebanon High School Address: 654 Northland Drive   Work Experience: 25 years Ken-Mar Tool, Inc. (owner) Five years Maewood Cabinet (co-owner)    Family Information: Married 37 years, three children, seven grandchildren   Organizations (church, civic groups, etc.): Lebanon Masonic Council #87 Advisory Council Boy Scouts of America   1. Why are you running for office?   I would like to see the city do more to encourage home and business owners to invest in the improvements of their properties.     2. What qualifications and experiences have prepared you to serve on the city council?   1. Prior Council Member for two terms 2. Owner of Ken-Mar Tool for 25 years 3. Received outstanding businessman, President's Award and Outstanding Citizen Awards from the Chamber. 4. Served on Centre Square Committee     3. The Lebanon City Council recently approved an animal control ordinance after several months of discussion and a mix of support and criticism from members of the public. Would you support amending the ordinance, why or why not? What factors would affect your decision?   Yes. In the current form the ordinance would require a squad of animal control officers. Therefore making it necessary to act only on complaints. This ordinance puts an undue burden on pet owners that cause no real problems. This ordinance should focus only on dangerous or nuisance animals.     4. E-911 has made headlines in Marion County for more than a decade, and the discussion has been renewed in recent months. Do you favor E-911 for the county? If yes, how should the service be funded, and where should that funding come from? If no, why not?   In an unofficial capacity I personally like the idea of E911. We as taxpayers currently pay 70 cents per month per cell phone and that money would go to the costs of our system instead of going to the state police dispatch. I trust the magistrates can make this decision just fine.   5. As fuel prices and health care costs continue to climb, they also put a greater strain on the city budget. If this trend continues, what steps should the city take to remain under budget?   Eighty percent of a council member's responsibility is the budget. The occupational tax and grants have the biggest impacts on those budgets. Grants could disappear because of state and federal budget problems. Since most of our occupational tax is directly related to the automotive industries, these revenues could also shrink because of its slump. Oversight throughout the year will be the council's toughest challenge.   6. What else would you like voters to know about you?   I am willing to assist anyone with a question or concern. I can be reached at 692-8018 day, 692-2489 night.